Beta Israel

Pronunciations

Beta Israel (BEI-tuh IHZ-rail) listen

Definitions

  • n. Ethiopian Jewish community.

Example Sentences

  • "Most likely, the Beta Israel arrived in Ethiopia between the first and sixth centuries, coming as merchants or artisans from various countries in the region." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • ביתא ישראל 'house/community of Israel'

    • Who Uses This

      • Academics (sociologists, historians)

      Dictionaries

      • None

Notes

  • Most Jews use the term "Ethiopian Jews" or "Ethiopian Jewish community," but this term is used in academic circles.

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